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“It’s Difficult to Write This Without Sounding Alarmist…” Larry Kramer and the Start of AIDS Activism
September 22, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDTFree
The quote comes from the start of Larry Kramer’s first article on AIDS, “A Personal Appeal” published in August 1981 in the New York Native, a gay newspaper of the time. This year marks the 40th anniversary of those first reports of the disease that became known as AIDS. NBC’s Bill Goldstein, who is writing a biography of the activist and playwright, will discuss Kramer’s early calls to community activism that summer and fall, drawing largely on Kramer's unpublished letters and journals. Bill Goldstein will be in conversation with Dave Harper, Executive Director of the New York City AIDS Memorial.
Meet at New York City AIDS Memorial, corner of 12th Street and Greenwich Avenue, 6pm.